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Fishing has slowed a bit this week due to fast rising lake levels. The lake is about 2 feet below summer pool, mainly stained to clear and in the low 60's. Bass are taking shad style crankbaits off points and rock banks, jigs and spinnerbaits in timber and jerkbaits near docks. Crappie are taking minnows, tubes and grubs at around 4 feet. Chartreuse or pearl have been productive. White bass can be caught on spinners and small crankbaits. Try points at the mouth of creeks and windy flats. Good luck.
Nolin is around 17 feet below summer pool, clear and in the mid 50's. Bass fishing is excellent on a variety of lures. Shad pattern crankbaits are catching good numbers of fish off points. White bass fishing is good using grubs, spinners and small crankbaits. Windy banks are producing best. Crappie fishing is good using jigs or minnows around 8 feet. Crappie are very susceptible to weather changes so plan accordingly.
from JOHN STILTNER
Cat fishing is excellent. We fished 3/27/14 and caught several 30-40 pounders in 4 hours. Try to avoid those d--n dangerous bass fisher boys as they will run full blast through your fishing gear. I hope the next time my noodle locks up their motor. I think their mad because they fish all day and catch nothing but a sore arm while we stock the freezer with yummy blue cats-best tasting fish ever.
Nolin is clear, rising slowly at 20 feet below summer pool and 52 degrees. Bass fishing is fair on jerkbaits, rat-l-traps and jig-n-pork combinations. Good numbers are coming off shallow stumps and the lower sections of major creeks. White bass fishing is good right now. Spinners, grubs and small crankbaits are working well. Good numbers of large fish are being caught. Crappie fishing is fair at best. Most fish are taking jigs or minnows fished along standing timber. Plan around weather patterns for the best fishing.
from Will Patterson
Last Sunday, caught two slot fish 17"-18" bass off creek points in 6-8 ft with chatter bait, Lost one big fish at the boat on lipless crankbait. Bite is light so keep rod high. Water seems to be warming some but cold fronts and this winter weather need to get out of NC. All fish caught fat and healthy.
Surface temperature is 78 degrees with the lake being clear and near summer pool. Bass fishing has been good with good numbers of fish being caught on plastics off deep banks. The topwater bite should continue to improve as temperatures drop. Crappie fishing is fair over brushpiles using minnows around 10 feet or vertical jigging tubes in standing timber. White bass fishing is fair trolling crankbaits and spoons near channel bends and bluffs.
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